27 January 2022

Vigil for Jay Abatan

The family of Jay Abatan will hold a vigil to mark the 23rd anniversary of his death from what is believed to be a racially motivated attack.

In January 1999, Jay Abatan, a 42 year old black man, was the victim of an assault outside the Ocean Rooms in Brighton, which his brother Michael Abatan, who was also involved, has always believed was racially motivated. Jay Abatan died five days later from injuries sustained in the attack.

Jay and his brother Michael were both PCS members and PCS has supported the family’s campaign for justice for many years.

Jay’s family will hold a vigil on Saturday 29 January to mark the anniversary of Jay`s death and call once again for justice and for any witnesses to the attack to come forward. The vigil will take place at Brighton Police Station (John Street) from 2-3pm. More details are on Facebook.

Sussex police have apologised to Jay Abatan's family for their failures in the investigation into Jay's death. As the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted, too many black people still die in police custody in Britain and too many black families are still campaigning for justice after police failings into their loved ones' deaths.

For more information about the vigil and the campaign for Justice for Jay Abatan please contact Michael Abatan on abatanm@hotmail.com